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Camilla Griggers, PhD

When in her 30s teaching feminist cultural studies and media studies at Carnegie Mellon University, Camilla tripped down a rabbit hole into ill health when a conventional dentist drilled a cracked mercury amalgam filling, exposing her to toxic mercury vapor. Falling in a downward spiral, for a moment in time she thought she might be crazy.

But instead, she landed in the hospital with an ovarian tumor and realized she wasn't crazy, she was physically ill. She discovered she had hypothyroid, weakened immunity, irritable bowel syndrome, adrenal exhaustion, not to mention brain fog and a mercury toxicity score almost off the chart of a heavy metal test.

Survival instinct kicked in, and she went on a search for a more holistic education she seemed to be missing—one that integrated the mind with the body and the emotions equally. She decided to get out of her head and became a holistic bodyworker, meditation instructor, and somatic therapist trained in hands-on somatic-emotional release work.

And so she became an educator who talks to the mind and touches the body. A bodyworker who helps people process their emotions and observe their thoughts. And a therapist who talks and touches simultaneously, while coaching clients through emotional detox by teaching them how to detoxify their liver, kidneys, colon and mouth. Her journey left Camilla more than a conventional educator, therapist or bodyworker, and in a necessary way, all three together, without separation.

 
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A bodymindset approach

If you choose to work with Camilla, don’t be surprised by her unrelenting emotional honesty. Or her uncanny ability to lift the lid on your cover story. Or her amazing healing touch.

Realizing the gaps in conventional therapy, education and bodywork through which Americans are falling by the millions into chronic ill health and mental distress, Camilla launched a blog promoting emotional bodymind integration and called herself The Healist, inviting others to be healists too. 

Integrating psycho-physical and somatic-emotional techniques to evolve education, therapy and bodywork is now her mission as a self-care activist and healer. She writes wellness books that guide people to the light, explores theories of the acoustic bodymind, and meets clients where they are in their healing journey—helping them embrace the healing crisis in order to become more adaptive, happy and healthy again.

If you choose to work with Camilla, don’t be surprised by her unrelenting emotional honesty. Or her uncanny ability to lift the lid on your cover story. Or her amazing healing touch. Be prepared if she challenges you to take personal responsibility for your physical and emotional crap by doing a 10-day detox before diving deep into somatic-emotional release work. She’ll also ask you about your family history of chronic disease, intergenerational family patterns, your history of medical treatments, and what kind of dentistry you’ve had. All the while touching and releasing memories held deep in your body of formative events and traumas that may be blocking you from healing and happiness.